Dr. Silvina Ituarte is the University Ombudsman, along with serving as a professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, East Bay. She has been integrating experiential learning opportunities into her courses since the beginning of her career. Her academic training began with her undergraduate work in Social Ecology at University of California at Irvine and continued in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. She has presented her work internationally and taught a course for government officials in China during the summer of 2001. Her teaching and research interests primarily focus on issues related to youth empowerment, bias crimes (hate crime), community-based programs, and restorative justice.
Before entering graduate school, Dr. Ituarte was a Victim Specialist for the Victim Witness Program in California in which she helped survivors of domestic violence obtain restraining orders and receive assistance from local shelters. While in graduate school, she expanded her work experience by screening family violence offenders and involving them in a court ordered program in Manhattan. During this time, she also served as a part-time research assistant for the Anti-Violence Project to assist with the data collection and coordination of the annual Bias Crime Report.
At CSUEB, Dr. Ituarte created the restorative justice course in the Criminal Justice department and founded the University Role Models program which integrates restorative justice principles into the work of the Ombuds Office. Her strongest qualities are her interest and passion for justice; a true commitment to bringing out the best in others; as well as enthusiasm and a teamwork attitude. In the upcoming years, she hopes to continue her personal growth while also making a meaningful contribution to promoting ideals of restorative justice and community harmony.